- Oct 5, 2016
Thanks. The last three flights out I had were 7pm departures and A321 (every seat taken). All took the full length. All VA flights I have taken have taken the intersection.
What’s the glide performance like on the 73 ? You think at this point you would make the disused runway/taxiways etc...
The performance is actually quite good. It glides very well and has a naturally 'fast' wing. So you might even struggle to get it down on the cross strip (that'd be about 1000ft already) and we don't clean up until tracking 030º from that turn. So from that point you could even consider doing a 270º turn back to the runway and land on 33. It's something I'd love to give a try (in the simulator of course for anyone else reading). My bench mark is having a double engine failure on downwind at SYD at 6000ft and still making it in.
The 737 has more powerful engines than the 320/321. In almost all cases we can out climb it up to the high 30's even after they have departed well before us.